Last night, I was at one of my friends condo that she’s thinking of selling and she kept apologizing about the clutter in her Beacon Hill condo that she may place up for sale. 

Everyone has some clutter every now and then, but it can become a real problem for people living in small condos in Beacon Hill or anywhere in downtown Boston. This unique way of living is often easy and convenient, but it’s less enjoyable to live in a Beacon Hill condo when it’s piled high with stuff you don’t need. If you’re struggling with a little clutter in your Boston Seaport condo, think carefully about whether these seven things may be causing issues for you.

1. Junk Mail

Boston downtown condos because of its location so many people reside in a single area, they tend to get targeted by scammers and advertisers that load their mailboxes with junk. Making a commitment to going through mail and tossing out the junk as soon as you get it can keep you from ending up with a massive stack of envelopes, coupon books, and magazines.

2. Lack of Proper Storage

When you live in a Boston condo, you cannot just stick a shed in the backyard and shove all your belongings in it. To solve this problem of clutter, it’s important to rethink storage. Consider adding some built-in shelving or purchasing a few cabinets to help you store things.

3. Messy Children

If only one person in the Charles River Park condo is cleaning up, clutter is inevitable, and this is fairly common in situations where there are a bunch of young kids around and a parent who tries to clean up after everyone. You need to realize you cannot do everything yourself. Call a family meeting where you tell others to take more responsibility.

4. Procrastination

The mindset of “I’ll put this up later” tends to lead to rapidly accumulating junk that could overwhelm your Boston Seaport condo. Aim to put things up in the right place as soon as you use them, and set aside ten minutes every day to just pick up around the place.

5. Fears of Needing an Object

Old, unwanted items usually end up cluttering up a condo because people think they’ll use the object one day. To defeat this clutter-causing mindset, sort through items and pack up everything you haven’t used in a year. If you go six more months without needing the object, it’s time to get rid of it.

6. Sentimental Objects

Holding on to useless objects like birthday cards for sentimental reasons is understandable, but it causes an excessive amount of clutter. Instead of letting these objects pile up, create a defined keepsakes box. If it gets too full, consider documenting objects with a photo and getting rid of them.

7. Recreational Shopping

Since most Boston condos for sale are in bustling downtown areas filled with fun shops and restaurants, it’s easy to get into the habit of buying random things, which means you end up with way more than you need and your condo becomes overcrowded. If you want to shop for new items, you may need to make a habit of throwing out old items.

If you’re interested in selling or buying a Boston Beacon Hill condo such as one like my friends reach out to me today. Give us a call at 617-595-3712

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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